I was planning on photographing the moon over Boston Light Wednesday night. Below is the finished product with 3 other photos I shot last night. The moon hid behind haze and clouds for the first several minutes, disrupting my plans to get the moon directly behind the lighthouse. This (below) is the moon at during the first moments that the moon was visible, unfortunately. It just go to show that the best plans are still at the mercy of nature. Very frustrating. When it finally popped up, it was a bit too high for my liking. I will try again to get the pleasing photo that I have been trying for. Prior to the moon shot, I photographed the sun, which was a hot, hazy ball as it was setting over the Tobin Bridge. I also photographed two high altitude planes. I shot all these at Deer Island using a Canon 800mm lens, carried on my back as I rode my bike. HEAVY, for sure. Below the sun and moon photos, are photos of some of the preparations that I needed.
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Firefighter David Atherton did not die in the line of duty. That fact didn’t matter this morning to his fellow Stoneham firefighters and his brothers and sisters at the Boston Fire Dept., as they saluted and escorted his body from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Atherton was accidentally shot and killed by a lifelong friend. See that Boston Herald story here.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Stoneham firefighters salute as the body of fellow town firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Stoneham firefighters salute as the body of fellow town firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters salute as the body of Stoneham firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel.

07/01/2016-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters salute as the body of Stoneham firefighter David Atherton leaves the Boston office of the Chief Medical Examiner Friday morning. Atherton was shot and killed while off duty earlier this week.

 

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There is magic above, just look up. Lot Airlines flight LO26, Warsaw-NYC (JFK), flying at 37,975′ passes United Airlines flight UA999, JFK-Brussels, which is at 34,975′. I photographed this at 7:34pm tonight, from my driveway in Winthrop. Scroll down for the very cool radar readout, courtesy of the very awesome planefinder.net.
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Beautiful moon views and lightning bolts highlighted my week of photos.

Moonrise over Falmouth's Nobska Light.

Moonrise over Falmouth’s Nobska Light.

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American Airlines jet leaves Boston’s Logan airport as the moon rises.

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Lightning over Winthrop’s Point Shirley, Friday night.

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A sailboat passes Boston Light.

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A lightning bolt is seen over Revere’s Beachmont section.

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Boston Light shines Tuesday night.

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Boston fire Lt. Steven Minehan died 22 years ago today.

On June 24, 1994 Boston fire Lieutenant Steven F. Minehan, of Boylston street’s Ladder 15, died in a 9-alarm fire  in Charlestown after he became trapped in a large warehouse while searching for other  firefighters who had become trapped. I had been a staff photographer at the Boston Herald for almost 15 months that night when, police/fire radio scanners broke the silence of what had been a quiet evening. John Landers Jr., then Herald night desk photo editor, and I heard the initial call for help from Minehan as he dispatched me to the scene. Below are my photos from that night and from Lt. Minehan’s funeral. Over the years I have been lucky to be able to call Lt. Minehan’s wife Kathy a friend. She is a very kind and considerate soul. RIP Lt. Minehan. The photo of Lt. Minehan, at bottom of page, is courtesy of Bill Noonan. 

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My Boston brush with The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.

I photographed Muhammad Ali on the night of November 1, 1994, at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel. I met the Boston Herald’s late/great boxing scribe, George Kimball in Ali’s room. His wife Lonnie was there, as was photographer and Ali biographer and confidant Howard Bingham and his mom, Willie, who I photographed hugging Ali. I did NOT know at the time that Howard was an accomplished/award-winning photographer. When it was time to leave, I gave the camera to Howard and told him where the button was to push and that the camera was pre-focussed. Everybody in the room laughed as Howard said: “I think I can handle it” 🙂

Rest in peace Muhammad Ali.

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George Kimball with Muhammad Ali, and the Boston Herald sports back page of November 2, 1994.

The champ and I pose for a photo taken by Howard Bingham.

The champ and I pose for a photo taken by Howard Bingham.

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I photographed several Boston storms that day,5 years ago. I did not go out to the hard hit areas of western Massachusetts, but I did see some tremendous lightning. The top two photos were snapped between 9-10pm from Medford. The bottom photo was snapped in the mid-afternoon from East Boston. The Coast Guard station lightning bolt looks totally fake, or “photoshopped.” Lucky for me, I had another camera rolling video (at bottom) of the same strike.

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Maureen O’Neill, friend, cancer victim and Hospice of the North Shore patient died 13 years ago Monday, on May 9, 2003. 

In January 2003, I contacted the Danvers-based hospice now known as Care Dimensions about the possibility of following the life and trials of one of their patients. They introduced me to Danvers resident Maureen O’Neill.

I spent the majority of my time with Maureen, at her house and beyond, from the time she returned home from Salem Hospital to the moment of her death. 

I often think about the first time I met Maureen.

In order for this project to go forward, Maureen insisted on meeting with me first and seeing some of my photography work. I brought my photo portfolio to Salem Hospital, just a few days before she was to be released to the peaceful confines of her home.

Maureen chose to bypass chemotherapy to die at home with her 92- year-old mother at her side.  

One of the first photos in that portfolio was a mother duckling and her babies crossing a busy street in Waltham. Maureen loved the photo as she was a huge bird lover. We hit it off from that moment forward.

The following photos are dedicated to Maureen’s loyal friends and family, Care Dimensions, and most of all, Maureen, who wanted to show the benefits and dignity of dying at home.

Above & below: Cancer victim Maureen O’Neill, wishing to die at home with her mother, returns home from the hospital after realizing Chemotherapy was not going to work against her cancer.

“Don’t worry Mum, we will get thru this” Maureen O’Neill (above) returns from the hospital greeted by her 92 yr old mother Ann

Maureen O’Neill shares a laugh with Hospice Nurse Ann-Marie DePaolo and mom Ann.

After a difficult morning, Maureen O’Neill is instructed on her medicine usage by Hospice Nurse Ann-Marie DePaolo.

Maureen O’Neill sits on her Mom’s bed as she talks about her family.

Maureen O’Neill celebrates what would be her last birthday, her 63rd, with Josh, her friend’s grandson.

A tired Maureen O’Neill is watched over by her mom Ann.

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As friend Bob Supino places one hand on Maureen’s forehead and one hand on her pulse, Maureen O’Neill dies in her Danver’s living room with best friend Glenda, mother Ann and Hospice Nurse Ann-Marie DePaolo at her side.

Maureen O’Neill is laid to rest in her lifelong home of Danvers, Massachusetts


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The oil tanker Hugli Spirit, anchored in Boston Harbor, alerted the Coast Guard to a medical crisis on board late this morning. The call, as heard on a police scanner, came into Boston police as “the captain of the ship is reportedly having a heart attack”. Boston Fire Dept., the U.S. Coast Guard, Boston EMS, Massachusetts State Police, Environmental Police, Winthrop Police and the Boston Police Harbor Unit all sent boats and personnel, as two ambulances waited on Drydock Ave. First responders borded the ship via a long ladder at the ship’s side. No word on the man’s condition. Below are my photos, mostly made with an 1140mm telephoto lens. Photos made on my shift as a Boston Herald photographer.

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, and EMS personnel climbing outer stairs to the ship, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, and EMS personnel climbing outer stairs to the ship, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The Boston Police Marine Unit is seen, in foreground, as it left he oil tanker Hugli Spirit, at top of photo, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The Boston Police Marine Unit is seen, in foreground, as it left he oil tanker Hugli Spirit, at top of photo, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. From left, The Boston Police Marine, a Boston Fire rescue boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard boat are seen after leaving the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship and is in the Fire Rescue boat, the middle boat here. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. From left, The Boston Police Marine, a Boston Fire rescue boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard boat are seen after leaving the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship and is in the Fire Rescue boat, the middle boat here. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A Boston Fire rescue boat speeds back to shore with a patient after taking a sick man off the oil tanker Hugli Spirit after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A Boston Fire rescue boat speeds back to shore with a patient after taking a sick man off the oil tanker Hugli Spirit after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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Sometimes I run into people I’ve photographed in the past under the strangest circumstances.

Jim Moynihan was watching “The Price is Right” in his West Roxbury apartment building Wednesday morning, when the show was preempted for local news coverage of a police pursuit on Route 128.

He fixated on the television as a news helicopter streamed live video of the chase along Rte. 128 and the off/on ramps in Needham and Dedham.

Moynihan started to recognize the terrain.

The footage showed the suspect’s heavily-damaged vehicle stop in a parking lot. A man exited and started to run.

A few minutes later, there was a knock on Moynihan’s door. He opened it and a man asked him if he could come in to his apartment for a few minutes.

It was the man police were pursuing in the chase Moynihan had been watching on TV.

He stood there and before he could say anything, the man took out a wad of cash and offered to pay him for letting him in.

Moynihan said he shut the door and locked it, later recalling that adrenaline took hold of him as he slammed the door shut. In recounting the story to me, Moynihan said he was not scared.

“Being a cabby in Brookline for over 30 years, you kind of get used to things like that,” he said.

It then dawned on me. I had photographed Moynihan before.

On May 10, 2008, I was looking for feature photos for the Boston Herald. Moynihan was driving his cab when he came upon a turkey in the middle of the street.

I had exited my car to photograph the turkey. Moynihan stopped his cab and stared at the bird for a minute or two.

I struck up a conversation with him while he waited for a green light. I remember he gave me his name and said he would be very excited if the photo made the next day’s edition of the Boston Herald.

See Moynihan today, and in 2008 with his feathered friend. More of my photos from today’s pursuit, including the burning vehicle and injured Walpole police officer Matt Crown are also displayed. Crown was dragged by the suspect’s vehicle as he investigated why the vehicle was stopped in a no stopping zone.
The Boston Herald story and a video can be found here.

(05/10/08-Brookline,MA) A Boston taxi driver slows and stares at a wild turkey whose presence, in the middle of the street, was delaying morning traffic

(05/10/08-Brookline,MA) Brookline cabbie, Jim Moynihan slows and stares at a wild turkey whose presence, in the middle of the street, was delaying morning traffic

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Jim Moynihan, a resident of an apartment building on VFW Parkway, talks to a reporter about his encounter with a man who led police on a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended when the suspect ran into his apartment building and knocked on his door. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Jim Moynihan, a resident of an apartment building on VFW Parkway, talks to a reporter about his encounter with a man who led police on a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended when the suspect ran into his apartment building and knocked on his door. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Jim Moynihan, a resident of an apartment building on VFW Parkway, talks to a reporter about his encounter with a man who led police on a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended when the suspect ran into his apartment building and knocked on his door. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Jim Moynihan, a resident of an apartment building on VFW Parkway, talks to a reporter about his encounter with a man who led police on a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended when the suspect ran into his apartment building and knocked on his door. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. First responders are seen at the end of a long police chase that ended at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Boston firefighters arrive to put out a fire in the vehicle that was used in a long-duration police pursuit today that ended at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Walpole police officer Matt Crown, middle of photo, is escorted into a Boston EMS ambulance, after being injured in Walpole but continuing on a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, with Crown being dragged by the suspect's vehicle as he was trying to stop the car. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Walpole police officer Matt Crown, middle of photo, is escorted into a Boston EMS ambulance, after being injured in Walpole but continuing on a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, with Crown being dragged by the suspect’s vehicle as he was trying to stop the car. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Boston police K-9 officer John Quinn is seen moments after a suspect was arrested in connection with a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended in West Roxbury. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. Boston police K-9 officer John Quinn is seen moments after a suspect was arrested in connection with a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended in West Roxbury. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. A Massachusetts state trooper is seen near the remains of a car that was involved in a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended in West Roxbury. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. A Massachusetts state trooper is seen near the remains of a car that was involved in a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended in West Roxbury. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. A police officer is seen near the remains of a car that was involved in a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended in West Roxbury. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/27/2016-West Roxbury,MA. A police officer is seen near the remains of a car that was involved in a long-duration police pursuit that began in Walpole, and ended in West Roxbury. The car caught fire at the 1400 block of VFW Parkway. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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